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Trade Winds Tripel | The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a lazy summer evening.

25 IBU

Added by Bitterbill on 05-25-2008

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden in color with a white, near two-finger width head. Fair retention, slowly fizzing away to reveal a mostly barren surface with a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Sweet, tart and slightly spicy. red and green apple, hints of unripened banana, clove and basil.

Taste - Follows the nose. Green apple tartness with light red apple sweetness. Lesser banana funk along with some mild clove spice and basil herb character. Finish is the aforementioned with quite a cloying amount of sugar in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, then lightens to a crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Drinks more like a Belgian pale than a triple, but without the syrupy mouthfeel. I'm not one for thick, syrupy belgians, but still I can't truly appreciate this offering. Maybe the general flavor of trips and quads is the bigger culprit for me and not necessarily the syrupy mouthfeel? That's what I've gathered from this beer. I don't like that residual sugary sweetness, and this one delivers plenty.

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3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really crisp and refreshing. Had it at a bottle tasting tonight at Yonkers Brewing. Nice light color.
Smells a little of the basil and rice it's mashed with. I recommend. Nice smooth texture. Bet it would be good with food. Presents well in a tulip.

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Photo of EMV
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Champs in State College, PA. Poured into a snifter.

L: Clear light golden pour. 2 fingers of white head.

S: Belgian yeast... estery and fruity.

T/F: A very nice tripel... and pretty true to the style. Esters and yest... a bit fruity with apricot and bananas and just a tinge of the thai basil at the end. I never would have picked up on it if I hadn't read the description first. Carbonated and refreshing.

O: A very tasty beer and a better tripel than I expected after reading the description (the rice and thai basil gave me pause) but a nice find. Would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 3/31/15:
Let this sit a while in the fridge unintentionally. Funny thing is after popping it, I had in my head I was pouring a bottle of wine (might've been the wine glasses I was forced to use). The carbonation broke me of my daydream, but if not that, the clarity and color might have kept me going. Light pale gold, I swear it looks like a Chardonnay. Except yet again for the head. Scattered small bubbles can be seen rising to support a fluffy white canopy.

The nose continues the wine comparison, sort of. Fragrant floral notes, a bit of herb (could be the Thai basil, but not so distinct to my nose). There's also a lightly sweet Belgian note in there (maybe the rice adding some sweetness to the esters).

Taste opens a bit sweet, and knowing there is rice used makes me think of some minor similarities to the beers I have out at a Japanese restaurant. But the Belgian yeast keeps the party from going the AAL route. Banana, little peach, even a little strawberry in the fruit notes I get-none individually strong. The ending is where I get a little herbal note in the taste.

The feel is very light and lightly effervescent. The herbal note at the end actually adds some drying bitterness to the finish.

A very interesting beer. Maybe a tad sweet, but it is a Tripel. My GF topped off my glass with the last from the bottle, and that made the beer not nearly as beautiful as it was originally. I loved reviewing it, and would grab another once a year or so, because we both enjoyed it enough.

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Photo of Radome
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

L - Light golden color with just a bit of haze. Head is pure white and made of teeny tiny bubbles. It is not overly persistent, but does leave sticky lacing.

S - The aroma is dominated by spices, with basil being prominent. I also get some lemongrass. There is some grainy malt low in the background, but no obvious hops. I do not detect any of the yeast notes I'd expect from a tripel.

T - The flavors are also dominated by spices. Coriander and basil are my impressions, along with a low lemon tartness. There is little malt to give it background and no hops or yeast characteristics to compete with the spices.

F - Body is a bit thin for the style. Carbonation is low and does not make a major impression on the mouthfeel. Moderate hops bitterness and low alcohol presence.

O - This is an interesting, spice-forward beer, but it is not a standout as a tripel. If it was labeled as a Belgian Special Ale I would have had no preconceived notions and I would have judged it on taste alone. However, since it's called a tripel I feel I have to compare it to that style, and it is lacking in malt/yeast aromas and flavors that are expected.

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Photo of Panamakevin
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Delicious exotic flavors. The basil was a little spicy and the rice gave a nice earth taste...
I will want to restock this one for the next tasting...

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Photo of NCMatt
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz draft at a local bar. This is a quality Tripel. The appearance is exactly as you would expect. Light and fruity on the nose. While I couldn't pick out the Thai Basil, you could tell this wasn't your average Tripel and something was different. Slightly sweeter, but still has a dry finish. Overall it's an enjoyable and interesting take on a Belgian Tripel!

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Photo of Domvan
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this beer is really refreshing. The freshness of the Thai basil and belgian yeast went perfectly together. Was definitely a sessionable brew, even at 8.1%

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright yellow golden color with white head. Basil, spice, and light fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied, but still a decent mouthfeel. Finishes with basil, spice and a little wheat sweetness.

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Photo of mschrei
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: cloudy, orange and gold. Good carb, fades a little.

Smell and taste – reminds me very much of Belgian style. Tart, refreshing, and the Thai element gives it a distinctive aftertaste.

Overall – very refreshing beer on a summer night while splitting time between the pool and grilling.

I normally like their stuff, this is no exception.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a lovely apricot with a luxurious head of dirty cream colored foam that spilled up over the glass as I was powerless to stop it. Fruity scent tempered by rice. That rice is sticky smelling even on the nose, very white. There's floral. Fruit is icy peach. The basil is lightly on top of the scent like a subtle perfume. Bright and herbal. In the taste the body , instead of being neutral with rice is fruity and juicy. The basil is cool like mint. It's not too spicy . There is a sweet citrus zest in this that points to some spice. Finishes sweet and with only a touch of sticky sweet rice and tropical fruitiness. AS authentically juicy as it could possibly be. Very unique character. Light dry breezy and finishes with a malty lingering after tase that shows a hint of warming alcohol.

A touch filling. Rice is filling in beer. But this beer has a lovely flavor of apricot. It's even jammy with it. It's sweet in the swallow and warm with alcohol and it's a good beer. There is a rice like after taste. It's malty enough so that I don't mind. As it warms that rice starts to get sour in the finish and taste like boiled rice . That is definitley not like the tripel.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow golden body, white foamy head, plenty of carbonation. Hmmm... looking for those yummy fruity/spicy tripel notes. All I get is some chalky yeast and herbacious basil/mint. The flavor follows suit. Basil appears like oregano, and the yeast is way too powerful. No other tripel note. Spices like this are hard for me to stomach by themselves, and combined with yeast as a main component, this one is almost a chore to finish. Thankfully the feel is easygoing. All in all, in interesting take, but I would have made the basil a nuance, not the main show.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured from 750 ml bottle into a tulip, a hazy orange body with a finger high white head, lacing occurs as consumed

Smell: Tropical and citrusy, reminds me of thai food (Obviously the basil playing a role here)

Taste: a crisp malt flavor on the nose that fades into a pleasant tartness

Feel: Medium bodied with smooth feel, low carbonation

Overall: a pleasant tripel, the basil offers a nice taste and smell, definitely a nice offering for hot summer nights.

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Photo of Zach136
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light hazy yellow, nice white head, good lacing.

Aroma: Light fruity yeast character with some slight earthyness i attribute to the thai basil.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Earthy spice, with a zip reminiscent of lemon and ginger. Light bodied, very refreshing.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.07/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer at Church Key in DC.

Poured into a snifter. Can a beer too smooth and creamy? Not your typical tripel.

A - Pale orange with a white creamy head. 4
S - Basil is clearly evident. 3.25
T - Not crisp, lack of sweetness and spiciness. 2.75
MF - Creamy and smooth. 3.5

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Clubhouse BFD in Rochester, Michigan.

Light, semi-sweet, easy drinking... just good stuff all around. I don't tend to care all that much for Tripels, but this one is great. The Thai basil in it really makes it stand out and it accents the malt and typical fruity flavors of a Tripel nicely. A little biscuity, "green", grape/apple/coriander-y -- a very nice beer from The Bruery. A bit pricey, but worth the premium, in my opinion. Super nice Tripel.

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Photo of PostRockandCats
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy dark amber with a creamy tall and stable head. The last of the bottle added some yeast to the mix...

Smells yeasty and raisiny like a good tripel should, but it's lighter and crisper on the nose with just a slight hint of citrus. Tastes like a tripel, but lighter and with a fresh green and earthy note I'd have not attributed to Thai Basil had I not known it was already in the brew.

The feel is creamy but a lighter medium with a silky texture.

Overall, this is a wonderful take on the style that I'll look forward to every year!

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lively light Amber with lots of fluffy white head that leaves a small amount of lacing.

Nose is very unique. Banana, pepper, bubblegum, savoury herbal.

Taste follows nose. High carbonation. It's a Belgian Tripel at heart but it departs into different territory. I noticed the same bubblegum flavour here that I noticed in Brooklyn Sorachi Ace.

Good beer. I'm still figuring this one out.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A two finger billowy head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow with some clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, pilsner malts, pale malts, apple, pear, powdery yeast, esters, slight alcohol.

Taste: You get all the typical flavors you would expect from a tripel. The basil has mellowed out a bit, but this is very enjoyable with the little bit of time, I can notice. Rice does lighten things up and add some sweetness to the beer too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, chewy, a little dry, some booze, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice American take on a traditional Belgian style of beer. Stands up with a lot of them. Not summer here in Boston, but definitely summer in the Southern Hemisphere where this would be enjoyed at the current moment.

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Photo of travolta
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Appearance: Opaque golden straw, with good retention and nice lacing.

Nose: Green grapes, green apples, grass, banana and tropical smoothie with peaches.

Taste: Apricots, bananas, lemon, mango, and lots of peach. Very nicely balanced.

Notes: Very interesting! This is an excellent departure from your normal Belgian.

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Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Look: Clear burnt gold with and aggressive white head. One Very active beer with tons of legs!

Smell: lots of Belgian sugar and yeast funk on the nose. Getting Belgian sugar, bananas, white peppercorn, big yeast funk, green apple, some straw, oranges, tangerines, and something earthy throughout maybe the basil but smells more like fresh grape leaves and lemon grass. Smells tasty and fresh.

Taste: Woah! This is one tasty brew. Definitely a trippel base but quickly jumps to fresh apricots, banana, lemongrass, maybe a bit of mango, pineapple, then back to the trippel with slight peppercorn, Belgian sugar, and yeast funk. One very funky and tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: This beer is light and peppery at first but that makes way for a more medium thirst quenching body. It is still surprisingly light on its feet given the ABV and packs a big taste punch! The alcohol is slightly detected in a hint of warmth.

Overall: I took a chance with this brew considering the ingredients but boy I'm glad I did. This beer is easy drinking with a big flavor punch that is both refreshing and fruity but still has a very tasty Belgian core

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Photo of seedyone
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jul'15 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Consistent w/below but should add a slight coconut in the taste & banana under the nose. Only 8%? Whatever you say!

Sept'13 on tap at Rattle n Hum. On tap. Very smooth & light for triple. Stealthy, in a good way.

06/10/12 From the bottle this is one of the best Belgian Triples. Bite the bullet on the price to savor the best.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy sudsy off-white head that is a couple inches thick and retains indefinitely.

Smells of honey, citrus, fresh grassy malts, and white grapes.

Tastes of honey, citrus, apple, rice malt, fresh grassy malts, and a hint of basil.

Full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty good trippel with some nice flavor and aroma, very tasty and drinks easy. Worth trying.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hops & Pie in Denver; poured into a tulip.
Appearance - gold, clean with a medium white head that recedes quickly. Lacing is weak, but there.
Smell - mildly sweet with some citrus and ripe fruit.
Taste - some fruity sweetness, tartness and bitterness that hides the 8% ABV. Very tasty and incredibly refreshing!
Feel - balanced, with a light to medium feel. Very flavorful and easy to drink!
Overall - I love the style and this beer in particular, however for the price, I'd likely pass it over in my local bottle shop.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 8.6% ABV. I see that there is another entry on here, specifying a 'Triple [sic] with Thai Basil'. Heh, stupid is as stupid does, I guess.

This beer pours a hazy, tarnished medium golden amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and proto-creamy ecru head, which leaves a few instances of sudsy wilted tulip lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of sharp, peppery yeast right up front, with some crackery pale malt, sweet rice pudding, dry clove and banana chip essences, a spicy vegetal character that one might suspect is the basil, but without the typical anise notes (which, upon further investigation, is to be expected with the Thai varietal), and a soft, rising alcohol warmth. The taste is much less sweet - grainy pale malt, laid-back gritty yeast, white pepper, more savoury clove, bordering on coriander spice, faint dried banana, a further bit of red berry fruitiness, ethereal cooked rice, a reduced, let's just call it 'Thai basil' greenness, and the suggestion of a booziness that is tired of waiting, and would like nothing better than to get this party stAAArted!

The carbonation is big and frothy, like it just wants you to know it, the body a decent medium weight, and plainly smooth, nothing particularly special happening here, though nothing really interfering either. It finishes off-dry, the pale malt and its spare-room crashing rice guest doing well to carry on the cause, as the spice and herb contingent yawns and checks the little clocks on their little walls.

A nice way to divert my attention away from a style that I usually don't care to, well, care for. Different gravity-enhancers for starters, even if it is that darned rice adjunct, along with a neat, new to me (in beer, at least) herbal spiciness, and an elevated ABV, whose manifestation still seems duly stalled. Maybe it's stuck in its parents' basement, trying in vain to finish off that last level, or something.

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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.